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Senior Honors Projects In-person again

Credit to Westfield State’s Honors Program’s Facebook

Senior Honors Project presentations are back in person in Scanlon Banquet Hall.

This past Tuesday and Wednesday, Eight Honors Program Students presented their yearlong research projects.

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Eve Boyd presenting her Senior Honors project, Implementing Climate Change Topics into 3rd grad Classrooms. Photo Credits to Professor Vanessa Diana

Eve Boyd presented her research project, Implementing Climate Change Topics into 3rd Grade Science Classrooms. Her project was about how education about climate change can be put into elementary classrooms rather than, in her case, not learning about it until high school.

“I really enjoyed the research process. Having the opportunity to develop and create my own project that interested me has really helped me find what I would like to continue to do as an educator after I graduated” Boyd said.

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Boyd with her SHP team. Dr. Tarin Weiss (Project Adviser), Dr. Juliet Lee (Second Reader), and Dr. Megan Kennedy (Honors Reader) Photo Credits to Professor Vanessa Diana

Boyd was nervous about presenting her project, but she was not alone.

Rachel Finney was nervous but conquered her Seniors Project in a different way. Instead of research, she did a creative project by exploring a piece of new literature.

Finney project was Frayed Ends: The Women of Camelot, where she analyzed how female characters from The Legends of King Arthur were written and interpreted over the centuries.

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Rachel Finney presenting her Senior Honors Project, “Frayed Ends: The Women of Camelot” Photo Credits to Professor Vanessa Diana

She did this by creating her own original monologue and displaying the true meaning of these female characters while being part of a male’s story.

“I think that the creative SHPs are just as valuable as the traditional research projects, and I encourage any artistic Honors Program student who’s not sure an SHP is for them to consider doing a creative project” Finney said.

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Finney with her SHP Team. Dr. Sabine Klein (Project Adviser), Dr. Glen Brewster (Second Reader), and Corinne Ebbs, M.L.S., M.Ed. (Honors Reader) Photo Credits to Professor Vanessa Diana

According to Professor Diana, Director of the Honors Program, the Senior Honors Project is incredibly important for students to graduate at the highest level of the Massachusetts’s higher education system, as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar.

“With the impressive accomplishment of the Senior Honors Project capping off their undergraduate careers, it’s no surprise Commonwealth Honors Scholars have great success on the job market and in applying to graduate programs” Diana said.

Senior Honors Project teaches students how to complete an in-depth research or creative work with receiving individualized mentoring.

As the year long process ends, students can see their professional development by presenting their project and use it to impress future employers and graduate schools.

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